How to get smart focus with 1080p resolution?

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Hello, my goal is to have 1080p quality videos with smart focus. As I understand, to use smart focus, you need to record in one resolution and render in a smaller resolution. So does this mean that I need to record in larger than 1080p and then render in 1080p to get smart focus?

Or, is there another solution?
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You are correct.
I test recorded in 1920x1080,  Project (canvas) set to 1920x1080. Tried to apply Smart Focus and you get this message

Personally I never use Smart Focus as it really never does a good job.
The better way IMO is to manually use Zoom-N-Pan under the Animations tab.
Much better results can be achieved and you can work in the recorded size.
In this case 1080.

That said though it is better to edit/render in most cases a size smaller than your recording.
It results in crisper text and objects that are zoomed in to.

Here is a good read on zooming
https://www.techsmith.com/blog/how-to-zoom-in-on-a-video/



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Thanks Dubie! I appreciate your response. I create 100s of videos every year and I don't have the time to manually zoom and pan on each one. That's why the Smart Focus really helps me as it does it automatically, so it's kind of my only option.

So then I need to buy a larger screen maybe a UHD or 4K, record in that resolution and then scale down to 1080p? Does that sound possible?
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Theoretically It might be possible.

As I said,  I don't use the Smart Focus feature as the results are never what I want.
Zooms where I don't want it to,  Doesn't zoom where it should  etc.

Hopefully someone that may be using a larger screen and the SmartFocus will chime in.

If you can test with a larger screen before investing in one that's the way I would roll.

Wish I could offer a more definite answer for you.

:)
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Or record at 1080 and edit and produce at 720?
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Thats what I usually do.
I guess it depends where you are presenting your videos ??
As for viewing on the web 720 works just fine.
Heck I have movies burned to disk at 720 and they display great on my TV's.
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That's what I do now. I wanted to have 1080p quality with smart focus.
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I'm recording on a MacBook Pro with a Retina display so my recordings at full screen are 2880x1800 and personally I would like to be able to use smart focus using this footage whilst rendering at 1080p due to the fact that if it zooms in the portion of the screen zoomed into is pin sharp and looks really cool when you can go into this level of zoom without pixelation.

When will this be fixed? I ask because Camtasia seems to think that 1080p is too large a canvas despite being smaller than my recorded material. If you can let me know if you will be fixing this issue or not I can make plans to update my workflow or not as this is a feature I used to use when rendering at 720p and actually miss it.